Enoch Wan, Ph.D.

  • Research Professor of Intercultural Studies, Director of Doctor of Intercultural Studies & Director of Doctor of Education Program, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Past President of EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society, two terms)
  • Advisor/Founder – GlobalMissiology.org
  • Board Member – Worldwide Bible Society (USA) & Tien Dao Christian Media Association

About Dr. Wan

Enoch Wan has been involved in missioloigical education for over 40 years, including directing doctoral programs for 20 years in two US seminaries. He was involved in church planting in metro-New York in the 1970s and metro-Toronto in the 1990s.

In the 1980s, Enoch and his family were sent by the C&MA Canada to the Philippines and Australia where he served as a teaching missionary. In addition, he served as president of EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society) for two terms and is currently serving as the Executive Vice President Administration of EMS. He is the founder/editor of the multilingual e-Journal Global Missiology. Enoch has authored a dozen books in English and ten books in Chinese, on topics such as diaspora Missiology, Relational Missionary Training, etc.

Degrees Earned

MA, PhD in Anthropology

State University of New York at Stony Brook

MTS.,  New Testament Studies and Counseling

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

Nyack College 


A Defining Moment

“A real life turning point was coming to New York as a lonely foreign student in 1970 when I learned to trust God for provision and protection and began walking in the Spirit. Those were formative years in life style and academic pursuit.

The history of my family is generations of diaspora: China to Hong Kong to Canada to USA that resulted in the book: Diaspora Missiology: Theory, Methodology, and Practice (2011).

The pursuit and practice of “relational paradigm” (vertical + horizontal relationships, with proper priority and true integrity) is my life-long journey and career development: best exemplified by a recent publication: Relational Missionary Training (2017).” 


Relational Missionary Training: Theology, Theory & Practice, (co-authored with Mark Hedinger), Urban Loft Publishers, 2017.

Church Planting Among Immigrants in US Urban Centers: The Where, Why, and How of Diaspora Missiology in Action, (co-authored with Anthony Francis Casey), IDS, 2014.

The 2011 Triple Disaster in Japan and the Diaspora: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward, (co-authored with Elton S. L. Law), IDS, 2014.

Wandering Jews and Scattered Sri Lankans: Viewing Sri Lankans of the Gulf Cooperation Council through the Lens of the Old Testament Jewish Diaspora, (co-authored with Ted Rubesh), IDS, 2014.

Mobilizing Vietnamese Diaspora for the Kingdom(co-authored with Thanh Trung Le), IDS, 2014.

Scattered Africans Keep Coming, (co-authored with Yaw Attah Edu-Bekoe), IDS, 2013.

Diaspora Missiology: Theory, Methodology, and Practice, IDS, 2012.

Missions Practice in the 21st Century, (co-editing with Joy Tira), William Carey International University Press, 2009.

Missions from the Majority World: Progress, Challenges, and Case Studies, (Co-editing with Michael Pocock), William Carey Library, 2009.

Scattered: The Filipino Global Presence, (co-editor with Joy Tira and Luis Pantoja), LifeChange Publishing, 2004.

Jewish-Gentile Couples: Trends, Challenges, and Hopes, (co-authored with Tuvya Zaretsky), William Carey Library, 2004.

Christian Witness in Pluralistic Contexts in the 21st Century, William Carey Library, 2004.

Missions Within Reach, China Alliance Press, 1995.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Enoch Wan’s CV